Five Liverpool replacements for Manchester City-bound Raheem Sterling
After weeks of wrangling, Raheem Sterling, Liverpool have agreed to sell Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, with the fee said to be £49m. The Reds have recruited well this season, though boss Brendan Rodgers may well decide to find a direct replacement for the attacker.
As such, Coral run the rule over five possible players, who the Reds could recruit, with the club 9/4 for a top four Premier League finish next term.
Real Madrid-owned Russian winger Cheryshev has been heavily linked to Anfield in recent weeks and compared to Luis Suarez by a well-known critic.
Having spent the last two seasons on loan at Sevilla and Villarreal respectively, he has seen his stock rise and is said to be valued at £22m.
Another who has reportedly been attracting the interest of Liverpool, he would be an excellent addition. Having scored 31 goals in 40 appearances for Lyon last season, the 24-year-old could hit the ground running in the Premier League.
The Spanish winger reportedly has to make a decision on his future at Barcelona, and he has been courted by a number of Premier League outfits. There is no doubting his ability and he would definitely fit in at Liverpool, where he may remind fans of former Spaniard Luis Garcia, who used to play in his position to great effect.
Rodgers reportedly considered a bid for the Swiss star last season, with Bayern Munich deeming him surplus to requirements. He ultimately moved on loan to Inter Milan in January and has been in-demand since the campaign ended, with Stoke City and Everton two clubs who have shown an interest.
Liverpool may already have a like-for-like replacement in 19-year-old Ibe, who has been compared to Sterling. Rodgers definitely admires the player, though will want to have a firmer control on the player’s development after what happened with Sterling, who appeared to become complacent towards the end of the last campaign.